12 comments / Posted by S. Preston

So I'm back from Cincinnati and I'm tired!  This was my second FanFest with the MLB and I forgot what a surreal experience it is!  Cincinnati is a baseball town, and there were fans everywhere!  Before I recap some of the nuttiness, I have to thank everyone that came to my booth to see my artwork. Regardless if you bought art, or just came to see the display, I'm thankful that you took the time to see me.  I'll never stop being grateful to you!
  • I moved out of Canada to get away from the weather.  So having rain every day was very familuar but depressing.  The weather played in our favor though because the event got crazy busy during those thunderstorms.
  • The limited edition minimalist mustache prints sold out by the day 2.  We pulled all the inventory off of MLB.com, and we sold out of those the next day.  We ran out of ALL inventory by day 4. If you got one, you are one of the lucky ones.
  • I met Johnny Bench! Johnny asked me what my last name was, and I said, "It's just Preston".  He told me, "They I'm just Johnny". We shook hands.  Our booth was so busy, nobody took a picture.  #sigh
  • Ate some amazing Cinny food!  Went to Taste of Belgium for chicken and waffles.  Grabbed some chicken at The Eagle.  Dove into some pizza at Adriatico's.  Grabbed some mac+cheese at Keystones.  And of course... had a Coney at Skyline... and loved it!  Next time it's a four-way with beans.  
  • My ballpark princesses were happy distraction for those little girls. I really don't think that the event caters well to the female baseball fan, especially for the younger ones. I'm glad I can share Reds Ariel and Reds Belle to the little pony-tailed Reds fans.
  • We AirBNB'ed our place again and the cross streets were Clifton and Vine.  A bit of an eye-opener for this Canadian!!!!
  • Deanna and I never met before the show, and we hit it off like we've been friends for years!!!  Can't thank her enough for being there to help us!  I bet she never expected to experience my crazy life when she answered that Craigslist ad!

One of my favorite comments was a man said that he noticed I thanked and shook the hand of almost everyone I met.  He said that I was the only one that wasn't behind an easel or painting baseballs and he appreciated being approachable.  I had tons of plans to draw artwork and commission sketches, but it's much more important to talk to you and thank you for buying my art.  I'm a happy man talking ballparks and baseball.  Some of you came every day for 5 days, and some of you stayed at my booth for 1/2 hour.  If you know me on social media, I pride myself in listening to your stories, and joining you in celebrating art + baseball.

So I hope to see ya at RedsFest (if the stars align) and I'm happy to meet new friends from Ohio.  If you are out to California and visiting Orange County, I'll always share a coffee (Ashley, cya in a couple weeks!)

 

Comments

  • Posted On August 10, 2015 by Ed Myers

    I fell in love with your MLB Minimalist Ballpark print the moment I saw it. When I realized that I had seven photos in my phone (of the eight ballarks I’ve visited) of the unique aspects in those stadiums that you painted, I knew I had to have it. I now have a bucket list to acheive; all thirty pictures.

    To me, the essence of baseball is not only what happens on the field, but the enjoyment of sitting in the stands on a beautiful summer day and taking in the experience and atmosphere. Your paintings captured that perfectly.

    Thanks

  • Posted On July 25, 2015 by Peter Hochstaetter

    I fell in love with Preston’s artwork the moment I first saw it. It’s so different, so refreshing, so beautiful. Every friend of mine who is a baseball fan receives one of his prints for their birthdays- except for the ones I have kept for myself!

  • Posted On July 22, 2015 by Daniel Christiansen

    I have been following you for quite some time now. Stumbling across your minimalist Comiskey Park by accident, I was blown away with the simplicity yet awesome artwork. Nothing simple about what you do. Reaping the benefits of your passion by obviously having a blast at the All Star game and everything that went along with it has been a wonderful thing to witness. You met Johnny Bench. How cool is that. If you are ever in the Chicago area I would love to take you to a White Sox game. Nothing but the best to you and your family.

  • Posted On July 21, 2015 by Meg Weglarz

    I had absolutely no intention of buying any art at Fan Fest but not 5 minutes after walking in the door on Friday morning, I was snatching up the Forbes Field design with the Cathedral of Learning looking so beautiful. Preston, I was honored to be your first FF customer and beyond thrilled to hear that you sold out of everything during the show – Congratulations!!

  • Posted On July 21, 2015 by Elle

    Preston’s minimalist baseball art is a fresh way of celebrating a great sport and the parks, each with its own elements that endear it not only to the fans of each team but to baseball fans. Not to mention the fabulous ballpark princesses!

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